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Brain Will Be Battlefield of the Future, Warns US

Soulskill posted more than 6 years ago | from the encrypt-all-mental-notes dept.

The Military 257

Anti-Globalism sends this except from the Guardian: "In a report commissioned by the Defense Intelligence Agency, leading scientists were asked to examine how a greater understanding of the brain over the next 20 years is likely to drive the development of new medicines and technologies. They found several areas in which progress could have a profound impact, including behaviour-altering drugs, scanners that can interpret a person's state of mind and devices capable of boosting senses such as hearing and vision. ...The report highlights one electronic technique, called transcranial direct current stimulation, which involves using electrical pulses to interfere with the firing of neurons in the brain and has been shown to delay a person's ability to tell a lie."

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Brain battle (5, Funny)

aedan (196243) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622325)

So George Bush has lost that one already.

Re:Brain battle (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24622479)

the man knows a shitload more than some faggot who has nothing to do all day but toss off and fritter around slashdot.

Re:Brain battle (0, Flamebait)

guardiangod (880192) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622613)

It seems that you have confused knowledge with intelligence.

Re:Brain battle (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24622641)

it seems neither do you, bitch ass cunt.

Re:Brain battle (5, Funny)

BitterOldGUy (1330491) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622781)

it seems neither do you, bitch ass cunt.

Home alone on a Friday night slamming back several, eh? Either that, you're the first person that types with Tourette's syndrome.

Re:Brain battle (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24622715)

It seems you have nothing better to do than waste time making stupid irrelevant comments that no one cares about. Which puts you in the exact same boat as the fuckwad who made the first stupid post.

Re:Brain battle (2, Insightful)

alexborges (313924) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622739)

Oh, come on, laughing about bushes stupidity is always fun.

Re:Brain battle (0, Offtopic)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622749)

The only intelligence I could remotely attribute to GW is the military kind.

Re:Brain battle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24623191)

The only intelligence I could remotely attribute to GW is the military kind.

Like invading the wrong country :P

Re:Brain battle (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24622745)

...says the Anonymous Coward posting on Slashdot.

Re:Brain battle (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24622805)

you know what's funny? how some jackass can post something bashing bush that's almost certainly going to start a flame war (the very definition of flamebait btw) and get modded "funny" for it just because he's bashing one particular person. but then someone else can post a comment bashing that first stupid poster and gets modded flamebait instead of funny. what a fucking awesome mod system we have.

Not "Brain battle", P.R. battle. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24623053)

Weapons and oil investors like Cheney and Bush and their friends and families and associates want to see everything in terms of aggression.

"In a report commissioned by the Defense Intelligence Agency..." means "We want to sell our ideas of aggression to taxpayers. You pay, we play". It's P.R., only that.

Re:Brain battle (4, Funny)

Duhavid (677874) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623153)

You are missing the point: W is the perfect soldier of the future.

Delay a person's ability to tell a lie (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24622357)

I bet it also puts a hurting on your ability to tell the truth. Or tell anything.

This stuff promises to get ugly, but any contractors that claim enough info to disriminate between connections firing during lies vs truth is overselling their tech.

Re:Delay a person's ability to tell a lie (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24622681)

Actually, they've figured out what brainwaves are active during the lying process already, and it's more accurate than a polygraph. I saw it on Myth Busters so it must be true.

Re:Delay a person's ability to tell a lie (5, Funny)

db32 (862117) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622923)

The sales demonstrations certainly would be fun. Hook up the sales rep and then start asking questions about the product. :)

Not quite... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24623077)

> Re:Delay a person's ability to tell a lie

> The sales demonstrations certainly would be fun. Hook up the sales rep and then start asking questions about the product. :)

It wouldn't be as interesting as you're imagining. It would just make the demonstration take a lot longer...

A new tech field just opened up (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24622359)

Time to start working on improving tinfoil hat technology!
We'll make millions!

Re:A new tech field just opened up (3, Interesting)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622675)

Amusing, but for the fact that the brain has been the "battlefield", at least in the US, for the last few decades.

Go read the Wikipedia entry on Frank Luskin, the Republican pollster, to see what I mean.

The people Luskin works for, and the people they work for, and the media that works for them, are the enemy on this battlefield. It's taken a while for us to realize that. And the playing field is anything but even, but when I read about things like TED, I find that we've got a few good minds on our side, too.

The biggest weapon they're pointing at us right now could be neutralized if we would just pass a fucking Net Neutrality law.

Re:A new tech field just opened up (5, Informative)

mrgodzilla (730416) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622783)

I think you mean Frank Luntz.

Re:A new tech field just opened up (1)

alexborges (313924) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622747)

No no no... this is the fu-tu-re:

We'll make millions of billions!

The system is mine! (3, Funny)

Red Samurai (893134) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622363)

*Said in my best Revolver Ocelot impersonation*

AC-tivate it!!

Re:The system is mine! (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622437)

The Metal Gear Solid 4 synopsis is the most accurate prediction of what that kind of crap will lead to, though they were all controlled by nanomachines.

Re:The system is mine! (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622469)

Man, I hope not. Bush-Blair is one thing, but if their successors spend 90 minutes out of every 5 hours talking about how the war economy leads to a proxy battle between nanonmachines for green collars to the E-I-E-I-O, I'm going to kill myself.

Semper Psi (3, Interesting)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622379)

"The Corps is mother, the Corps is father."

Hey, we've already got our own homegrown versions of the Nightwatch, so why not go the rest of the way?

electricuted = hard to speak, let alone lie (3, Funny)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622407)

"called transcranial direct current stimulation, which involves using electrical pulses to interfere with the firing of neurons in the brain and has been shown to delay a person's ability to tell a lie"

Why yes, if I'm being electrocuted, I 'm pretty sure it will delay the ability to think coherently, let alone lie.

Sheesh, why don't they just call it electrocution and call it a day here? I'm sure it was just accidental that they only tested the lie part.

Re:electricuted = hard to speak, let alone lie (3, Insightful)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622481)

It uses very small currents compared to what most people would consider to be electrocution. It may find theraputic uses, but like so many other technologies apparantly we're going to use it for evil as well.

Re:electricuted = hard to speak, let alone lie (1)

sgage (109086) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622533)

Like all other technologies.

Re:electricuted = hard to speak, let alone lie (4, Funny)

snowraver1 (1052510) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622497)

Question 1:

Transcranial direct current stimulation is to electrocution as enhanced interrogation is to:

a. massage therapy
b. breakfast
c. job interview
d. toture

Re:electricuted = hard to speak, let alone lie (0, Redundant)

snowraver1 (1052510) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622519)

Obvoiusly d. is supposted to be torture...

Re:electricuted = hard to speak, let alone lie (2, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622891)

Damn it! I picked (c) Job Interview because I didn't know what "toture" was.

You ass, now I'm not going to get into Harvard because of your typo!

Re:electricuted = hard to speak, let alone lie (1)

whong09 (1307849) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622543)

e. Waterboarding

Re:electricuted = hard to speak, let alone lie (3, Funny)

omnichad (1198475) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622633)

Are you sure that's not a sport? ;-)

Re:electrocuted = hard to speak, let alone lie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24622851)

I don't know about SPORT, but it sure is FUN if you're doing it to them right!!

Re:electricuted = hard to speak, let alone lie (0, Flamebait)

joocemann (1273720) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622709)

I can't believe this has a score of 3, and 'interesting'.

Surely it is a bit more complex and different than the regular 'electrocution' that Poetmatt suggests. This is more of an ignorant response than any valid observation of what is being discussed.

mod it down. the post is 'funny' at best.

Hasn't it already been the battlefield? (1)

Puffy Director Pants (1242492) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622427)

Why else did They Save Hitler's Brain???

Re:Hasn't it already been the battlefield? (4, Funny)

philspear (1142299) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623157)

I don't know about that, but it seems to me that it has already been on the battlefield. You shoot the enemy in the head, you've effectively "interfered with the firing of neurons in the brain."

The Big Brain am winning again! I am the greetest! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24622447)

Now I am leaving Earth for no raisin!

Ah (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622455)

So this is what they meant by "hearts and minds".

Re:Ah (4, Funny)

interstellar_donkey (200782) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622503)

Yes. Once we've gotten their minds, it's their sweet, delicious human hearts that we'll be after.

You hear that Samus? (0)

narcberry (1328009) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622475)

We've been saying it for years. Heck, just type Justin Bailey to confirm it. (Don't forget the dashes you noob)

Some battlefields ... (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622499)

... appear as though both sides have gone to tactical nukes early in the war.

Used for war, they'll be used for "peace" control (4, Insightful)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622507)

The temptation will be too great. Crowd control? Voter control? Don't like the price of fuel? Easy. A way will be found to change your mind.

At what price? Chemical weapons developed in the 1950s-1980s cost billions to destroy. Are mind-control weapons going to be equally as horrible? Historical trends would say so.

Re:Used for war, they'll be used for "peace" contr (5, Funny)

plutoXL (1314421) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622565)

They will not be horrible. You will learn to like them.

Re:Used for war, they'll be used for "peace" contr (2, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622703)

What bothers me most is that the figure of speach, "changing your mind", will become quite literally.

Freedom of speech? Our problem will be freedom of will.

Phillip K. Dick saw this (2, Interesting)

thermian (1267986) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622835)

Go buy yourself a copy of 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep'.

You'll find that control of the mind, and thus the population through mood adjustment on demand, and communal broadcast 'hallucination', play a big part.

I haven't described it perfectly, don't want to ruin the book. Suffice it to say none of this made it into the film. Not that I don't think the film is awesome, its just different in ultimate message.

Re:Phillip K. Dick saw this (1)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623171)

Read the book before I ever saw BladeRunner. Well done.

Re:Used for war, they'll be used for "peace" contr (1)

mrraven (129238) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623019)

An old joke used to be, "just because you are paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you," now it doesn't seem so funny. :(

Re:Used for war, they'll be used for "peace" contr (1)

thanatos_x (1086171) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623033)

I doubt that they'll cost billions to destroy; atomic and chemical weapons created something that was toxic.

Mind control weapons shouldn't be any more costly to dispose of than a tank or gun. If it's electronic, it'll likely be things already found in today's electronics. Not exactly great for the environment, but not immediately toxic.

Now if it's a drug in gaseous form, it may be a bit worse, but even then something that is mostly safe for human consumption probably won't hurt the environment too much.

Re:Used for war, they'll be used for "peace" contr (1)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623177)

It's the potential superfluity of them, as they're probably short range devices. In the wrong hands, we'll all be buying crunchy peanut butter.

Re:Used for war, they'll be used for "peace" contr (1)

philspear (1142299) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623111)

Well, there's always tinfoil hats. And the fact that someone modded you up for "insightful" is proof that my tinfoil hat buisness should start advertising on /.

Or maybe it's just proof that some people confuse "insightful" with "paranoia parading as wisdom."

Re:Used for war, they'll be used for "peace" contr (1)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623185)

Tin, lead, mu metal, something.

A friend relays that HD radio has a subcarrier... ;)

Kit Green is afraid of anxious people. (5, Insightful)

Thiez (1281866) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622521)

From the article:

> On the battlefield, bullets may be replaced with "pharmacological land mines" that release drugs to incapacitate soldiers on contact

How likely is that? Someone will invent a drug to make you immune to incapacitating drugs, and we'll go back to bullets and explosions.

> "The concept of torture could also be altered by products in this market. It is possible that some day there could be a technique developed to extract information from a prisoner that does not have any lasting side effects," the report states.

I hope not. I imagine the police could give you the stuff and ask you if you ever commited any crimes. It'll be a routine thing, just like taking your fingerprint and DNA and firstborn, when you are arrested.

> "In the intelligence community, there is an extremely small number of people who understand the science and without that it's going to be impossible to predict surprises. This is a black hole that needs to be filled with light," Green told the Guardian.

There's a dumb analogy if I ever saw one. Let's shine light on the black hole!

> The technologies will one day have applications in counter-terrorism and crime-fighting. The report says brain imaging will not improve sufficiently in the next 20 years to read peoples' intentions from afar and spot criminals before they act, but it might be good enough to help identify people at a checkpoint or counter who are afraid or anxious.

Do we really need a brainscan for that, though? People who are afraid or anxious are easy to spot, and being afraid or anxious hardly makes you a criminal.

> "We're not going to be reading minds at a distance, but that doesn't mean we can't detect gross changes in anxiety or fear, and then subsequently talk to those individuals to see what's upsetting them," Green said.

Will that talk involve one of those lie-detector brainscan-things?

> The development of advanced surveillance techniques, such as cameras that can spot fearful expressions on people's faces, could lead to some inventive ways to fool them, the report adds, such as Botox injections to relax facial muscles.

Dude, enough about anxious people alright. People are afraid and nervous all the time about all sorts of things, and the thought that some asshole security guy is going to detect that with some sort of remote brainscan and invite them to have a chat will only make that worse. How many of these people will turn out to be innocent? Many.

Re:Kit Green is afraid of anxious people. (4, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622635)

Silly optimist. I assure you that we'll take all necessary care to make sure that nobody "turns out to be innocent".

Re:Kit Green is afraid of anxious people. (3, Insightful)

camperdave (969942) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622671)

People who are afraid or anxious are easy to spot, and being afraid or anxious hardly makes you a criminal.

Exactly. It is the cool, collected ones you have to worry about.

Re:Kit Green is afraid of anxious people. (3, Insightful)

geeknado (1117395) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622817)

Yes, exactly. A well coached individual isn't going to be anxious when they're executing a plan. "Stage Fright" happens /before/ you go on-stage. Once you're there, especially if things are going smoothly, you aren't nervy, you're just executing. I'd imagine that the same is true of a professional operative of any kind-- nervous until go time, cool once you're moving, maybe /after/ you're done. IMO, therefore, you're going to catch the amateurs, not the ones that you really care about.

Re:Kit Green is afraid of anxious people. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24623213)

Except that they're getting folks stoned to make them into suicide bombers. Score one for hamas, for that not being published

Innocent? Really? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24622691)

> How many of these people will turn out to be innocent? Many.

What do you mean by "innocent"? I'm pretty sure you'll find that everyone subjected to police scrutiny with devices like that will be found guilty of something.

Re:Kit Green is afraid of anxious people. (4, Interesting)

cryptoluddite (658517) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623211)

How likely is that? Someone will invent a drug to make you immune to incapacitating drugs, and we'll go back to bullets and explosions.

It'll be like Syndicate where some guy at a computer jacks up your squad's adrenaline levels and compels you to run around in leather trenchcoats killing people and blowing up vehicles, not even feeling the machine gun fire and flamethrower blasts the rival squads are hitting you with. And a cyberpunk background track pounds in your head to set the mood.

In other words... freakin' awesome.

Makes sense (5, Interesting)

interstellar_donkey (200782) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622555)

As someone recently diagnosed with a neurological condition, given drugs to treat it, given drugs to deal with the side effects, and now am on drugs to treat my psychological reaction to it, I've seen first hand how certain drugs can alter your mood and even change your perspective.

One drug they have me on makes it impossible for me to get upset about anything. If we could isolate what it is that makes the brain do that, put it into an airborne form and spray it over an enemy, then we could simply march in and say "We are taking your land, your government and your freedom", and their response would be (in a semi-zombie state) "Oh. Okay. I hope you enjoy it".

All without firing a shot.

Re:Makes sense (2, Interesting)

Shados (741919) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622627)

Wow, I knew about drugs being able to totally flip over someone's personality, but I wasn't aware of that one. How is it called? Seriously messed up though... Once you stop taking the drug, can you then get upset about things that happened while you were on it?

Re:Makes sense (4, Insightful)

camperdave (969942) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622705)

One drug they have me on makes it impossible for me to get upset about anything. If we could isolate what it is that makes the brain do that, put it into an airborne form and spray it over an enemy, then we could simply march in and say "We are taking your land, your government and your freedom", and their response would be (in a semi-zombie state) "Oh. Okay. I hope you enjoy it".

All without firing a shot.


But we already have that. It's called television.

Mod parent up! (1)

mrraven (129238) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623051)

If the Nazis had, had color television and Gobbel's version of Fox news, we'd probably all be giving the Hitler salute, those of us alive that is. :(

Re:Makes sense (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622825)

If we could isolate what it is that makes the brain do that, put it into an airborne form and spray it over an enemy, then we could simply march in and say "We are taking your land, your government and your freedom", and their response would be (in a semi-zombie state) "Oh. Okay. I hope you enjoy it".

Welcome to the U.S, and please enjoy your stay.

Re:Makes sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24622919)

Miranda.

Re:Makes sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24623129)

Now think about this. What if you could orchestrate a massive assault on human senses globally? Via poor diet, polluted air, polluted water, constant exposure to toxic chemicals, and depleted food so that the body never gets proper nutrition, endless distractions, toys and stage shows beamed at them in a global media web. Constantly assaulted with fear and negative messages. And then when the sick people go to the experts for help they feed them more toxic chemicals to make them even sicker and weaker all the while telling them that it's for their own benefit and it will make the feel better.

After a while people might become dull and apathetic. And if someone wanted to take over or do unethical things, steal all your money, hey while were imagining things, maybe even take over the planet... the people might be so sick and exhausted that they may do something similar (in a semi-zombie state) "Oh. Okay. I hope you enjoy it"

Re:Makes sense (1)

Kent Recal (714863) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623223)

Sounds a bit like marijuana or just like when you're really drunk. In both states it's fairly hard to get upset about something (or well, to get upset about the right things).

Having the "upset blockade" without the other side-effects of the aforementioned drugs does indeed sound scary, though. Although I wonder a bit how you even know what things you "should have been upset" about. Do you realize it after the drug fades?

d00m! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24622583)

for the love of god and all that is holy, we are d00med

light bringers reveal 'secret weapon' (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24622629)

it's light, the truth, each of us, & most difficult/rewarding, love. conversely; fear is unprecedented evile's primary weapon. that, along with deception & coercion, helps most of us remain (unwittingly?) dependent on its' greed/fear/ego based hired goons' agenda. Most of yOUR dwindling resources are being squandered on the 'war', & continuation of the billionerrors stock markup FraUD/pyramid scheme. nobody ever mentions the real long term costs of those debacles in both life & the notion of prosperity, not to mention the abuse of the consciences of those of us who still have one. see you on the other side of it. the lights are coming up all over now. conspiracy theorists are being vindicated. some might choose a tin umbrella to go with their hats. the fairytail is winding down now. let your conscience be yOUR guide. you can be more helpful than you might have imagined. there are still some choices. if they do not suit you, consider the likely results of continuing to follow the corepirate nazi hypenosys story LIEn, whereas anything of relevance is replaced almost instantly with pr ?firm? scriptdead mindphuking propaganda or 'celebrity' trivia 'foam'. meanwhile; don't forget to get a little more oxygen on yOUR brain, & look up in the sky from time to time, starting early in the day. there's lots going on up there.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/31/opinion/31mon1.html?em&ex=1199336400&en=c4b5414371631707&ei=5087%0A
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/29/world/29amnesty.html?hp
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http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/06/05/severe.weather.ap/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/06/02/honore.preparedness/index.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/opinion/01dowd.html?em&ex=1212638400&en=744b7cebc86723e5&ei=5087%0A
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/05/senate.iraq/index.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/17/washington/17contractor.html?hp
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/03/world/middleeast/03kurdistan.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin
http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/080708/cheney_climate.html
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20080805/pl_politico/12308;_ylt=A0wNcxTPdJhILAYAVQms0NUE

is it time to get real yet? A LOT of energy is being squandered in attempts to keep US in the dark. in the end (give or take a few 1000 years), the creators will prevail (world without end, etc...), as it has always been. the process of gaining yOUR release from the current hostage situation may not be what you might think it is. butt of course, most of US don't know, or care what a precarious/fatal situation we're in. for example; the insidious attempts by the felonious corepirate nazi execrable to block the suns' light, interfering with a requirement (sunlight) for us to stay healthy/alive. it's likely not good for yOUR health/memories 'else they'd be bragging about it? we're intending for the whoreabully deceptive (they'll do ANYTHING for a bit more monIE/power) felons to give up/fail even further, in attempting to control the 'weather', as well as a # of other things/events.

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http://video.google.com/videosearch?hl=en&q=video+cloud+spraying

dictator style micro management has never worked (for very long). it's an illness. tie that with life0cidal aggression & softwar gangster style bullying, & what do we have? a greed/fear/ego based recipe for disaster. meanwhile, you can help to stop the bleeding (loss of life & limb);

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/12/28/vermont.banning.bush.ap/index.html

the bleeding must be stopped before any healing can begin. jailing a couple of corepirate nazi hired goons would send a clear message to the rest of the world from US. any truthful look at the 'scorecard' would reveal that we are a society in decline/deep doo-doo, despite all of the scriptdead pr ?firm? generated drum beating & flag waving propaganda that we are constantly bombarded with. is it time to get real yet? please consider carefully ALL of yOUR other 'options'. the creators will prevail. as it has always been.

corepirate nazi execrable costs outweigh benefits
(Score:-)mynuts won, the king is a fink)
by ourselves on everyday 24/7

as there are no benefits, just more&more death/debt & disruption. fortunately there's an 'army' of light bringers, coming yOUR way. the little ones/innocents must/will be protected. after the big flash, ALL of yOUR imaginary 'borders' may blur a bit? for each of the creators' innocents harmed in any way, there is a debt that must/will be repaid by you/us, as the perpetrators/minions of unprecedented evile, will not be available. 'vote' with (what's left in) yOUR wallet, & by your behaviors. help bring an end to unprecedented evile's manifestation through yOUR owned felonious corepirate nazi glowbull warmongering execrable. some of US should consider ourselves somewhat fortunate to be among those scheduled to survive after the big flash/implementation of the creators' wwwildly popular planet/population rescue initiative/mandate. it's right in the manual, 'world without end', etc.... as we all ?know?, change is inevitable, & denying/ignoring gravity, logic, morality, etc..., is only possible, on a temporary basis. concern about the course of events that will occur should the life0cidal execrable fail to be intervened upon is in order. 'do not be dismayed' (also from the manual). however, it's ok/recommended, to not attempt to live under/accept, fauxking nazi felon greed/fear/ego based pr ?firm? scriptdead mindphuking hypenosys.

consult with/trust in yOUR creators. providing more than enough of everything for everyone (without any distracting/spiritdead personal gain motives), whilst badtolling unprecedented evile, using an unlimited supply of newclear power, since/until forever. see you there?

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

meanwhile, the life0cidal philistines continue on their path of death, debt, & disruption for most of US. gov. bush denies health care for the little ones;

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/03/bush.veto/index.html

whilst demanding/extorting billions to paint more targets on the bigger kids;

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/12/12/bush.war.funding/index.html

& pretending that it isn't happening here;

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article3086937.ece
all is not lost/forgotten/forgiven

(yOUR elected) president al gore (deciding not to wait for the much anticipated 'lonesome al answers yOUR questions' interview here on /.) continues to attempt to shed some light on yOUR foibles. talk about reverse polarity;

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article3046116.ece

20 Years? (5, Funny)

taustin (171655) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622631)

So, in 20 years, we'll have various forms of mind control, so we can force immortal (available in 20 years) enemy soldiers to steal the (available in 20 years) fusion powered (available in 20 years) flying cars (available in 20 years) and attack the space elevator (available in 20 years) that supplies our permanent colonies on the moon (available in 20 years)?

The future's looking bright!

Re:20 Years? (2, Funny)

dn15 (735502) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622711)

Not just that -- 2028 will be the year of the Linux desktop too!

Re:20 Years? (1)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622729)

don't worry, mind control got hit with the new 10 second cap several patches ago.

Re:20 Years? (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622885)

Who ever knew that 1960s sci-fi would get it so right?

Transmet Reference (2, Interesting)

Bieeanda (961632) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622667)

"I haven't worked without insurance since that time the Red Catholics dropped the auto-cannibalism meme on Karel Square..."

Training (2, Funny)

PPH (736903) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622687)

From TFA:

On the battlefield, bullets may be replaced with "pharmacological land mines" that release drugs to incapacitate soldiers on contact, ....

Fortunately, our youth appear to have gotten a head start at familiarizing themselves with the effects of such drugs and the training necessary to deal with such tactics.

Imagine the dismay of an enemy that, when interrogating a prisoner using extreme methods is answered every time with,

"Dave's not here."

Re:Training (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24622873)

Dude where's my car?

Some am I the only one... (1)

Captain DaFt (755254) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622693)

That had this: Veteran of the Psychic Wars - Blue Oyster Cult http://technorati.com/videos/youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dnrd2xf5DIlU [technorati.com] run through their head when they read the headline?

Re:Some am I the only one... (1)

darkstar949 (697933) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623055)

I was actually thinking of Ghost in the Shell myself.

in ur ur brain (1)

jaguth (1067484) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622707)

i'm in ur brain
haxoring ur megahurtz

Yay, another orwellian "candidate screening" prog. (1)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622721)

scanners that can interpret a person's state of mind

yay, now as soon as you walk in the door: "i'm sorry, but you don't meet our requirements for cookie-cutter-state-of-mind-x, good luck getting hired elsewhere, but it's now a 'standard practice' in the industry, and we make money selling data about this scan"

Re:Yay, another orwellian "candidate screening" pr (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622809)

If the majority of a society joins in, who the fuck cares about being part of that society, and if the majority doesn't join in, then it isn't so much of a problem.

State Secrets (1)

QuantumFlux (228693) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622769)

Oh man, CIA is gonna be so pissed that DIA is givin' away all their mind-control secrets!

So. The US is conducting Brain experiments? (1)

DragonTHC (208439) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622819)

Just who are they conducting them on?

Is this even legal?

What is to stop them from controlling us all?

Fagforz (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24622833)

Kreskin Niigers evErywhere

Tim Schafer - The Prophet (4, Funny)

Brickwalljon (725944) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622837)

"The human mind: 600 miles of synaptic fiber, 5 and half ounces of cranial fluid, 1500 grams of complex neural matter. A three pound pile of dreams. But I'll tell you what it really is! It is the ultimate battlefield and the ultimate weapon.

The wars of this modern age, the Psychic Age, are all fought somewhere between these damp, curvaceous, undulations.

From this day forward, you are all psychic soldiers, paranormal paratroopers, mental marines who are about to ship out on the adventure of their lives. THIS is our beachhead! And THIS is your landing craft! You shall engage the enemy in his own mentality! You shall chase his dreams! You shall fight his demons! You shall live his nightmares!

And those of you fight well, you will find yourselves on the path to be international secret agents. In other words:
PSYCHONAUTS!"

-Morceau Oleander

Re:Tim Schafer - The Prophet (1)

FeepingCreature (1132265) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623259)

"The human mind: 600 miles of synaptic fiber, 5 and half ounces of cranial fluid, 1500 grams of complex neural matter. A three pound pile of dreams. But I'll tell you what it really is! It is the ultimate battlefield and the ultimate weapon.

The wars of this modern age, the Psychic Age, are all fought somewhere between these damp, curvaceous, undulations.

From this day forward, you are all psychic soldiers, paranormal paratroopers, mental marines who are about to ship out on the adventure of their lives. THIS is our beachhead! And THIS is your landing craft! You shall engage the enemy in his own mentality! You shall chase his dreams! You shall fight his demons! You shall live his nightmares!

And those of you fight well, you will find yourselves on the path to be international secret agents. In other words: PSYCHONAUTS!"

-Morceau Oleander

I don't care that I'm male - I want your children.

I came here to post that. If I had mod points, I'd give them to you.

Survival of the Sickest (4, Interesting)

Virtualetters (980728) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622853)

In this book, Sharon Moalem writes about the scary ways diseases, parasites and bacteria alter human behavior. Genital herpes, for example, might just influence people to be more promiscuous (but not TOO promiscuous). There was also a discussion of some parasites, like a wasp that stings a spider to embed its eggs in the spider. The larvae then alters the spider's brain activity to reroute its web-making routine such that it creates a cocoon for the larvae. Similarly, parasites that thrive in sheep cause ants to become focused on running to the top of grass strands to be easy targets. This allows the parasites' eggs to be excreted in the sheep feces and still end up back in the sheep. The number of hypothetical cases of bacteria, parasites or viruses altering human mental activity is frightening at first. That said, I don't know how well-backed any of these hypotheses are.

Basilisk Attacks... (1)

GenP (686381) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622855)

Maybe they'll come up with a viable basilisk attack [wikipedia.org] ?

Aim for politicians, not soldiers (4, Interesting)

ancientt (569920) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622881)

TFA focuses on war, but lets talk about the causes, not just the effects of war.

On the battlefield, bullets may be replaced with "pharmacological land mines" that release drugs to incapacitate soldiers on contact, while scanners and other electronic devices could be developed to identify suspects from their brain activity and even disrupt their ability to tell lies when questioned, the report says.

What if instead of "disrupting their ability to tell lies when questions" were applied to political candidates instead of to soldiers? I believe there is a time and a place to wage war, but I'd be more supportive if the motives of our leaders were "filled with light" before they were elected and before we went to war. I'd like to see each political candidate for federal office asked to undergo a standard screen before they were allowed to accept any party nomination. I can even throw out a list of questions that I'd love to see the voters of the US get honest answers to:

  • Do you intend to protect the interests of the people of the United States?
  • What is your primary goal if you are elected to office?
  • Would you lie to the people you represent in order to achieve that goal?
  • Have you ever accepted bribes for political favors?
  • Do you really agree with your party's platform?
  • Do you really agree with all of the Constitution?
  • Is freedom or safety for the American people more important to you?
  • Have you lied during your campaign?
  • What is worth going to war over?

It might be assumed from these questions that I'm against the wars and the policies of current elected officials, but the truth is that I agree with some of the policies and actions we've seen from our representatives in the house, senate and president, I'm even proud of them from time to time. At the same time I'm terribly disappointed in their lack of consistency and the feeling I always get that there are reasons and motivations that they hide from the people they are supposed to represent. I'd love to get honest answers about their motivations.

Shock Value: (2, Informative)

jkiller (1030766) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622899)

You can't call it electrocution when they're not dying from electrical shock.

Pharmacological land mines? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24622981)

> On the battlefield, bullets may be replaced with "pharmacological land mines" that release drugs to incapacitate soldiers on contact

So, they're going to try "Agent Orange" again?

Next: Scientists finds that the molecules in the gun barrow when in contact with your throat may delay your desire to rape a giraffe.

I for one (1)

malkir (1031750) | more than 6 years ago | (#24622993)

I for one do not welcome our new brain-controlling overlords.

total BS (1, Insightful)

v(*_*)vvvv (233078) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623039)

I love how military innovation is so "innovative."

Behavior altering drugs? What drug could possibly top what suicide bombers do now.

Drug land mines? What mine could top blowing the guy up.

If murder is the goal, murder is easily done already.

And there are plenty of drugs and torture methods that help people say truthy things.

AAHH! (1)

GottliebPins (1113707) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623041)

Of course it's hard for anyone to get good answers over all the screaming...

Biological weapon (1)

Tsagadai (922574) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623083)

Last time I checked the brain had a lot to do with biology. Would developing weapons to manipulate multiple brains constitute developing biological weapons of mass destruction.

A Very Small Battlefield (3, Funny)

gyrogeerloose (849181) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623115)

Judging by the people I deal with on a daily basis, I think that this battle of the minds could take place on the head of a pin.

Lies. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24623141)

Psychological warfare. We already have effective (*cough* inhumane) methods to combat minds.

I have heard this before... (1)

mbone (558574) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623215)

... and in that iteration the weapon of choice was LSD. (Both the US and the CSR worked on developing it as a weapon, and IIRC Ken Keasey was first exposed to it as an Air Force volunteer. I wonder from time to time what happened to the tons of it the Czechs synthesized for the Warsaw pact.)

You would think people would be able to learn from the past. I would suggest that Barefoot in the Head by Brian Aldiss be required reading at the DIA.

Psychonauts (1)

ikkonoishi (674762) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623245)

Coach Morceau Oleander: The Human Mind: 600 miles of synaptic fiber, five and a half ounces of cranial fluid, 1500 grams of complex neural matter...a three-pound pile of dreams. But I'll tell you what it really is. It is the ultimate battlefield--and, the ultimate weapon. The wars of this modern age--The Psychic Age--are fought somewhere between these damp, curvaceous undulations. From this day forward, you are all psychic soldiers. Paranormal paratroopers! Mental marines who are about to ship out on the adventure of their lives! This [points to the brain diagram] is our beachhead! And this [points to his own head] is your landing craft. You shall engage the enemy in his own mentality--you shall chase his dreams, you shall fight his demons, you shall live his nightmares! And those of you who fight well, you will find yourselves on the path to becoming international secret agents-- in other words...Psychonauts!! The rest of you...will die!

Brain Will be Battlefield of the Future? (1)

morari (1080535) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623249)

There goes the likelihood of ever seeing another recruit again.

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